Sunday, May 21, 2017

Gilt CIty Beauty Deals! MAC, Bobbi Brown and Laneige!

There are currently three vouchers on Gilt City that you can take advantage of:

  • MAC Cosmetics - $25 off a $75 purchase or more, plus a free liner and lash duo kit. You can get up to 33% off with this coupon if you have exactly $75 in your cart
    • Restrictions are as follow:
      • Valid through Friday, June 23, 2017, 11:59 PM ET
      • Valid online only at www.MACCosmetics.com
      • Valid in the U.S. only
      • Gifts with purchase available while supplies last
      • Minimum purchase of $75 required, excluding taxes and shipping charges
      • Offer not valid toward Viva Glam products, Sized to Go/Little MAC products
  • Bobbi Brown Cosmetics - $30 off $80 purchase or more, plus:
    • Free gift with $100 purchase: Create your very own beauty bag, stocked with your choice of mini products like High Shimmer lip gloss and Everything mascara (for orders placed between 12 AM ET on May 15, 2017 and 11:59 PM ET on May 21, 2017)
    • Spend $125 or more and you’ll even receive a free tote bag
    •  You can get up to 33% off with this coupon if you have exactly $80 in your cart
    • Restrictions are as follow: 
      • Valid through Monday, June 5, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST
      • Valid online only at BobbiBrown.com; minimum $80 purchase required
      • Valid in U.S. only
      • Offer not valid toward e-gift cards
  • Laneige - Free gifts with online purchase
    • Water Sleeping Mask (4 mL)
    • Limited-edition LANEIGE pen with every order
    • Lip Sleeping Mask (3 g) included with orders over $35
    • Shipping including on orders over $25 
With Gilt City, you'll need to make an account and redeem these free offers. Once you redeem and check out, you'll receive a confirmation email, and you should receive the voucher with your unique promo code to use on the brand's website thereafter within 24 hours. These are great deals, especially if you can spend close to the minimum to maximize your savings. Happy shopping! :)


Colourpop Pressed Eye Shadows Swatches!

Colourpop Cosmetics  is known for their affordable cosmetics, and not too long ago they released pressed pigments for $5 each! I got super excited because I love pressed pigments. Not too long ago they had a promotion where you can get three eye shadows for only $10! I took advantage of the promotion and purchased 9! They have a similar deal right now if you buy 2, you get 1 free, so that is 3 eye shadows whether they are pressed or the Super Shocked ones, for  $9.99! Plus, Colourpop is offering free shipping for a limited time.



Each pressed eye shadow comes in its own little cardboard packaging.

I have a few empty Ulta x Z Palettes in my collection that I purchased months ago, so I decided to start my own palette for just Colourpop. Side note: I will no longer be supporting Z Palette after the company treated its costumers with disrespect. That's also my cat, Mino, checking out the shades I bought.


I have not tried all of these shadows out yet, but I have been playing with a few of them. I'll let you know down below of the ones I have tried.

Paper Tiger is a matte mustard. It comes off more brown in the pan, but it's definitely mustard once I apply this in my crease. I love this shade.





The News is described on the Colourpop website as a matte warm rose. This shadow actually applies on my lids a little more coral-pink than a rose. I'm not the biggest fan of pinks since they can make me appear sick looking, but I actually really like this shade. I have been applying this on my outer crease.



You Know the Drill is described as a metallic bronze. I don't know where they get the bronze from because when it's swatched it doesn't look bronze. Nevertheless, it is still a gorgeous shade. It looks more of a white warm gold. I like applying this in the inner corner of my eyes.

Save it for Later is a metallic amber. This is beautiful on the lids!

High Strung is described as a metallic dusty rose. Again, this does not apply and swatch as what is being described. It is not a dusty rose shade in my opinion. Personally, I think it falls more bronze. This along with Come and Get It are my favorites!

Bouquet Toss is a metallic pinky peach. I have yet to try this shade.

Come and Get It is absolutely stunning. It's a duochrome of rose and gold, and I LOVE it. I love wearing this on the center of my lids.

Piece of Cake is a matte dusty indigo. I have not tried this shadow yet, but based on swatches, this one appears blotchy and a little powdery.

143 is described as a matte deep lilac. Like Piece of Cake, it swatches a little powdery. I picked those two shadows up because I wanted some vibrant colors in my eye shadow collection.

Here are the swatches of the above shadows.



The metallic shades have beautiful pigmentation. They are soft and buttery, and remind me of the textures of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits: thin and smooth, but very pigmented in color.

Overall I am impressed with this shadows thus far, and I am planning to pick up a few more to add to my Colourpop Pressed Eye Shadow collection!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Declutter: Eye Makeup! (Part 1) Video

I'm baaack! I'm back on YouTube that is! It's been a long 8 months since I have last posted a video, and I've missed talking and filming about beauty!

I am slowly doing spring cleaning, and I thought I should declutter my makeup starting with eye makeup! I did do a clean out 8 months ago prior to moving to LA, but a declutter is still necessary because I can't stop buying, and there are makeup items that I no longer use.



I will do a declutter of my foundations, concealers and powders soon followed by a highlighter, bronzer and blush video and end with my lip products. Enjoy the video and thank you for watching/reading! :)



REVIEW + SWATCHES: Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

My favorite drugstore highlighter is the Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in "Be My Highlight" ($4.49, 0.24 oz./7 grams) that costs under $5! I purchased mine during Cyber Monday of last year on the Essence website when they had a promotion of 50% off and free shipping, so of course I had to snag it! I also purchased one for my sister and she enjoys using it occasionally.


Here is the description of their product:

"Natural highlights! This Essence Pure Nude Highlighter adds natural luminescence to cheeks, temples, and brow bone for a gorgeous glow. The baked formula applies smoothly while the light texture blends easily for a natural finish. Not tested on animals."



 This is not your highlighter that you will be able to see from outer space. This highlighter gives you a very subtle glow that is perfect for everyday wear. I love wearing this to work because it's not "too much."

Essence states that the Pure Nude will give you a natural luminescence, which I 100% agree. It looks very natural on top of my cheeks and it gives me a beautiful glow whenever I wear it. The baked highlighter is very smooth and applies very well on my skin. My only hunch is that it doesn't last all day like my high end highlighters such as from Becca Cosmetics. I do notice some fading throughout the day, but it isn't too big of an issue for me since I do wear setting spray.


There's only one shade available in "Be My Highlight" which is a vanilla, white gold, which is more suitable for light and medium skin tones. I hope that Essence will release more shades in the future that also suits a wider range of skin complexions.


Overall, this is a wonderful and very affordable highlighter that I continuously reach for whenever I wear makeup. I highlight recommend it!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

REVIEW: elf Aqua Molten Liquid Eyeshadow

elf is a brand that I have been enjoy using for many years. I loved their dollar eye shadow primer, their brow kit and now I am loving their $6 brushes you can find at Target. I saw the elf Aqua Molten Liquid Lipsticks at Target several months ago for only $4, so I decided to pick up two: Rose Gold and Gold.




The back of the packaging implies that these liquid eyeshadows will dry quickly. They are supposed to be metallic and can be layered or worn alone.



Here are the ingredients.

I thought that for $4, the packaging was lovely. I love the aqua cap and that I was able to see the true color of the shadow by looking at the tube.


The liquid eyeshadow applicator is a basic doe-foot applicator. This is a given since this is a liquid eyeshadow. It does not have a consistency of water per se, but it is a liquid with thicker consistency.

Here are the swatches on my arm. They appear similarly on my eyelids. The formulas are thin, and they dry very fast, so you would have to work very quickly when applying these on the lids. Another con to these is that they are very difficult to blend because they dry fast. What I do is apply this last after I have completed the rest of my eyeshadow look.

L to R: Rose Gold, Gold



I personally do not think they are as pigmented as they can be. These were advertised as "metallic" so I was expecting bright and bold metallic. I wanted more "oomph" from them, and the reason why they are not as pigmented may be due to their sheer formula. As you can tell already, I do not like these Aqua Molten Liquid Eyeshadows. The biggest miss for me about these is that they crease. I have worn this my Too Faced and Urban Decay eyeshadow primers, and these would still smudge. I am quite disappointed that they crease despite having a formula that dries fast.


Overall, I do not recommend these liquid eyeshadows. The price is great, but the formula and the wear are not worth the $4.

Friday, April 21, 2017

REVIEW: Wet N Wild Photofocus Foundation

Wet N Wild has become one of my favorite drugstore brands ever since I purchased their trio palettes and their infamous "Comfort Zone" palette years back when I first started blogging. Over the past year or two, they have definitely been making a statement with other well-known and well-loved products with their "Gold Bar" highlighter and "Precious Petals" highlighter. They released matte liquid lipsticks right before 2016 ended, and those have been a hit on the web and social media. I enjoy wearing their liquid lipsticks and you can find my review on them HERE.

They also released a new foundation called the Photofocus Foundation ($5.99) with 20 shades! According to their website, this is a foundation that is supposed to be "your skin, only butter." The company has tested their foundation formula under seven different photo lighting conditions and claims that it will not leave a white cast in photos. This is a matte formula.




This foundation has gotten a lot of hype among all the other Wet N Wild products I listed above. I watched so many reviews where beauty influencers raved about this foundation. Some had oily and combination skin and others had normal to dry skin. In my mind I thought this foundation was going to be great because it seemed to have suited everyone. My verdict? Wrong.

I picked this up at a local Rite Aid for $5.99, and I was ecstatic when I found it because I've been on the hunt for it. I believe there are more shades to pick from online on the Wet N Wild Beauty website than at a drugstore, but I was able to find Golden Beige which isn't too bad of a match.

I came home and tried it on. Goodness gracious. This foundation clung onto my skin. It did not feel completely matte, but it was definitely mattifying in a sense that it was more drying in comparison to other foundations I own. I have normal to dry skin, and I knew this wasn't for me despite of what I have heard. I tried it again several times later the next two weeks at work, and I noticed it did not stay up as long as I wanted to. It accentuated my fine lines and my textured skin. Afterwards, I stopped wearing it because it made my skin look that bad. I tried it on recently (pictured below) hoping that it would somehow be different, but I had the same results. If you have normal to dry skin, I highly do not recommend this product.



I know I have "aged" over the years since I started blogging. I'm 27 now and I sure as heck don't have the skin I did when I was in my early 20's, but I know my skin isn't the worst. If this foundation accentuates my lines, bags, textured skin and all that jazz, can you imagine how it would look for an individual that is older than me? Again, this foundation was advertised as a matte-finishing foundation, and I took a risk purchasing it based on reviews I watched. This foundation is a no-go for me.

What about their PhotoFocus Concealer ($2.99 - $3.99)? Same thing. It dries quickly, but it highlights everything on your skin... in a bad way.


I hope this review was helpful! Let me know if you have normal to dry skin and this has worked for you! I used a Real Techniques Complexion Sponge to apply the foundation, and I also tried using my elf Blending Brush.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, March 31, 2017

REVIEW: Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch - One of my FAVORITES!

Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch is one of my favorite skincare products of all time. You can purchase a sheet with 24 patches in three different sizes for $5. What these do is that they treat your pimples once they are popped. By placing a correct size patch over your popped pimple, the patch will begin pulling out the pus from the pimple. Several hours later, you gently peel the pimple patch off and you will be able to see that a lot of pus came out and is attached to the patch and that your zit may look smaller, less red and irritated, and treated.

I normally use these pimple patches during that time of the month whenever I get one or two pimples. Your pimple must be popped for this to work. If you can treat the pimple before it pops, by all means treat it, but if your pimples become ripe and break open, then these pimple patches will work great! I shower in the evening so what I do is I put on the pimple patch right away once I get out. Then I apply my skin care products around the patch. You want to make sure that your zit has no products on it or else the patch will not stick. I go to bed with the patches on and then the next morning I gently peel it off. If my pimple still looks bumpy and seems to have more "junk" in it, then I apply another patch after cleaning and patting dry the area. Yes, I have worn these to work before, especially when I know I will be in the office all day.

Here are a few infographics from Cosrx explaining how to use the patches:







I contemplated about posting these next two photos because it's not so appealing, but this is part of the review, so why not?! I had a pimple right below my nose, so after that zit popped I applied a patch over it. This is what it looked like the following morning when I woke up:


You can see that the patch collected a lot of gunk. Below is another look at the patch.



I have really enjoyed using these patches, and I will continue to buy them. I got my fiancé loving them as well as my sister, co-worker and cousin. It works wonders at improving and treating the affected area. Many times we like to pick at our pimples, but that can lead to scarring. I feel as though these patches help create less scarring. These are awesome, and I highly recommend them!

I have used the Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers that you can purchase on Amazon for approximately $8, and I do not like them as much as the Cosrx ones because they do not stick as well. The Nexcare patches fall off my face when I sleep, whereas the Cosrx stays on throughout the night. 

You can purchase the Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch for $5 online at retail price at Sokoglam and other retailers, but if you can wait between 3-5 weeks, you can order from Jolse.com and get a sheet for $3.75 instead. I normally buy the 10 sheet pack (~$2.40 per sheet) from Jolse.com since my fiancé and I like to have back-ups. Plus, it's a better deal when you buy in a bigger bulk vs buying one sheet, but it's good to just buy one if you want to try it out first.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sales that are happening...!

I just wanted to mention some notable sales that are occurring right now that you may or may not know.
  • Ulta 21 Days of Beauty - Every day until April 8, several items will be on sale for a huge discount both in-store and online. Several items are limited to online only or platinum members only. If you are a platinum member, you can get free shipping on any of these products that you purchase during the sale.
  • Dermstore Spring Revival Sale - Dermstore is easily one of my favorite online beauty retailers because they offer sales on top of free shipping with no minimum purchase. Until 3/26, you can get 20% off your purchase from their site. Exclusions do apply.
  • Costco - If you are a Costco member, I highly recommend checking out their website once in a while to see what skincare or makeup products they are selling at a discounted price. Currently Costco is selling L'Occitane foot and hand cream for $19.99 + free shipping if you are a member. These products normally sell for $29.99 at the L'Occitane store. There are other skincare and makeup brands including Clinique, Peter Thomas Roth, Chanel, Estee Lauder, Clarins, Lancome, Perricone MD, Becca Cosmetics, and more. It is worth a look if you are a member!
  • Korres - Gilt City is offering a 30% off your purchase on the Korres website. You must sign-up to get your free voucher through Gilt City within the next 4 days which is around 3/27. Your voucher will be sent to your email and the coupon must be used by 4/27. This is a great deal!

:) Happy savings!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

REVIEW & SWATCHES: Wet N Wild Megalast Catsuit Liquid Lipsticks

There's been a lot of hype around the new Wet N Wild Megalast Catsuit Liquid Lipsticks for several months now, and I can see why. I purchased the ones as shown below from CVS both online and in-store. They're a little difficult to find in-store, but now that it is March, they are a little easier to find. They retail for $4.99, but you can always find awesome deals at the drugstores where they are on sale. Five dollars for a good quality lipstick is still a great deal!

According to the Wet N Wild website, these glide on like butter. They apply glossy, but they have a matte finish with a great staying power. Additionally, Wet N Wild claims that these are highly pigmented with a lightweight formula that will not dry out the lips.


The colors I picked up from left to right are: Berry Recognize, Rebel Rose, Give Me Mocha, Nudist Peach, and Nice to Fuschia. Each liquid lipstick contains 0.21 ounces of product almost the same amount that you would get in Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick which contains 0.22 ounces of product.



The Wet N Wild liquid lipsticks come with a doe foot applicator with a small gap in the middle that allows for product to fill in to provide a nice smooth, one-step application.

Here are the shades I mentioned with flash photography from left to right: Berry Recognize, Rebel Rose, Give Me Mocha, Nudist Peach and Nice to Fuschia.


Here are the same shades in the same order take with no flash.


Berry Recognize is a true berry color. It's not too purple which I like. I think it's a very neutral color that will complement all types of skin tones.




 Give Me Mocha is a brown nude shade in which I predict is one of the more popular shades of the entire collection. This color looks more red-brown like a brick color in flash photography. This is definitely one of my favorites.

Nudist Peach was one I picked up in-store at CVS and this color does not flatter me since I have a yellow light-medium complexion. The color looks washed out against my skin tone, but this color would be lovely on those who have a lighter complexion.


Nice to Fuchsia is bold and vibrant, but not too much of "in your face." I contemplated hard about getting this color because fuchsia lipsticks do not look good on me. This actually did not look too bad, and I think it's because it appeared less neon than most other fuchsia lipsticks I've tried.

As you can see I only picked up five shades from the line, but in terms of quality, these are pretty good. They dry down quickly, and they're not too drying like the ones from ColourPop. ColourPop charges $6 a liquid lipstick, but Wet N Wild charges $5. These Wet N Wild liquid lipsticks dry matte, and surprisingly are comfortable to wear. I prefer a liquid lipstick to not be completely matte because I find that matte formulas tend to be drying. They're comfortable enough for me to wear to work for eight hours. The only time I do reapply is after I eat lunch and the lipstick in my inner lips have rubbed off. Reapplication and layering of this product formula isn't an issue for me. Jouer liquid lipsticks clump whenever I layer my lipstick, but Wet N Wild does not, so I approve!

I highly recommend these Megalast Catsuit Liquid Lipsticks if you are looking for something more affordable or if you contemplated about trying them! I'm beginning to see them more and more available now in-stores at Target and at drugstores such as CVS and Rite Aids, so if you've been trying to find them, be sure to check the shelves now! Better yet, get them online! :)




Sunday, January 22, 2017

It's Marshalls and TJ Maxx Yellow Tag Clearance Time!

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope your new year is off to a great start! I cannot say that my new year has been great because I have been sick on and off all month with a cold. It has been consistently raining in Los Angeles, and I am sure the cold has been a contributing factor to my sickness.

I wanted to hop on the blog and let you know that Marshalls and TJ Maxx are having their yellow tag clearance. This happens twice a year in January and August where items are marked with a yellow tag indicating that they are final clearance. Once an item is gone, it's gone! However, if the item hasn't been purchased for a while, then the store will continue to mark it down with another yellow tag. Marshalls and TJ Maxx are owned by the same company, and they are probably my favorite stores aside from Target. I love that I can get great quality apparel and goods for a discounted and more affordable price. I get super excited once the yellow tag sale hits, and this January was no exception to me treasure hunting away.

I've purchased a couple of things during this clearance event as shown below. I picked up my current favorite shampoo and conditioner, Biosilk Hydrating Therapy in the huge 34 fluid ounces bottle for $10 each, Travelon Smart Tubes for my fiancé for $4 (yes, I got engaged!), and a set of 4 stemless wine glasses for $3!







There are lots of beauty products that are marked down too. Be sure to look for holiday sets because those will most likely be marked down too! I highly suggest checking our your local Marshalls and TJ Maxx stores! :) Happy hunting!


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